Canberra and Region

The Canberra and Region Branch officially commenced operating on 1 July 2016.

Individual members of PACFA in Canberra and the surrounding region receive automatic membership of the Canberra and Region Branch with their PACFA membership.

A Leadership Group has been established to lead the Branch and to plan activities for members.

Activities will include:

  • Providing continuing professional development
  • Providing opportunities for networking and peer support
  • Undertaking local outreach
  • Promoting PACFA to local education providers and students
  • Building a vibrant community of practitioners in a particular geographic area
  • Providing opportunities for practitioners in regional and rural areas to participate

Leadership Group Members

Frances Killaly works at a counsellor for Dementia Australia in the ACT. She works with people living with dementia and their carers,  and with couples and families.

Deborah Durie is the Director of Enliven Counselling. Deborah has a Masters in Counselling from the University of Canberra and is a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).  She has experience in counselling people from all walks of life and enjoys working alongside people on all life’s challenges including relationships, grief and loss and anxiety and assisting them to connect with their potential. Deborah uses a person centred, compassionate and trauma informed approach. Currently she is teaching in undergraduate and post graduate counselling courses at the University of Canberra. Previously Deborah undertook post graduate research in education management and art history/ theory and has a background as an educator, having taught in all sectors and worked in state and federal governments. She is also a proud mother of three and grandmother of four, is a practicing artist, loves to sing, and a wannabe gardener. 



 Kieran Vaughan – (MA Counselling, Grad Dip Counselling, BA, & completing Cert in Initiatic Art Therapy) is a counsellor and consultant in private practice in Canberra’s inner north. She has over 30 years’ experience in the community sector, in counselling, community work, youthwork, cancer support, crisis support and suicide prevention. Her roles have included groupwork, training, supervision and management and included ensuring quality and consistency of crisis support and supervision across the national Lifeline centres and Ozhelp. Kieran also taught community sector workers at the Canberra Institute of TAFE for several years. Kieran has a strong interest in the field of trauma, and the modalities which help to release trauma from the body, especially those which encourage the mind-body connection, such as art therapy and somatic therapies. She is passionate about providing connections and skills for counsellors in Canberra, in the interests of enhancing the lives of both clients and practitioners. 

Contact the Canberra & Region Branch